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Newsletter 77
30/09/13

Digital Photography

Hello Friends 

Digital photography has become a powerful tool in the hands of conservationists. 

Graphic images of rhinos with horns hacked off appear daily in the social media. Everyday we are reminded that in South Africa alone we could lose 1000 rhinos by the end of 2013. 

Images of animal cruelty in all parts of the world are pressurizing governments to act. Zoos and circuses are starting to feel the heat and rightly so. 

In Kenya conservationists are not only listing the names of rhino and elephant poachers, they are photographing them as well. Now we can put a face to a name. 

South Africa should do exactly the same. Don't just post an article "South African businessman behind poaching," name him and post his photo. The world recently got a good look at Chumlong Lemtongthai, the Taiwanese who received a 40 year jail sentence for illegal trade in rhino horn. This is progress indeed!

In the field of animal behaviour, new facts are being learnt daily through video and photography. 

Aquavision's "Caught in the Act" filmed for Nat Geo Wild, provided a valuable platform for the amateur cameraman who had captured new behavioral  sequences. 

The tiger listed in the 10 most endangered species on this planet was once again at the forefront of digital imagery. 

Out of Asia it is always bad news, tiger poisoned, tiger trapped, tiger poached, tiger killed or tiger extinct.

Conversely tiger kills wood collector, tiger kills fisherman, tiger kills child, reinforces the conflict between man and tigers. 

As the wild tiger battles for space and prey, India alone moves past 1.4 billion people. Can the wild tiger be saved in Asia? No it cant! 

At Tiger Canyons we have had a remarkable year photographically. 

"Squiver Photo Tours" took photography to a new level. Images of fighting tigers, mating tigers, leaping tigers, swimming tigers and stalking tigers streamed across the world. Amazing images captured by professional photographers in a beautiful setting. 

Big Cat Safaris put together images of lion, leopard, cheetah wild dog and tiger in the space of a week. 

For those of you battling to make the deadline for the photo competition, I have good news. I have extended the closing date until the 15th of November 2013. 

A reminder of the rules. Three leopard pictures and three tiger pictures. Each picture will score points out of 10. Points are added up and the person with the most points is the winner. Not more than 500KB per picture please.

The judges are renowned National Geographic photographer Marsel van Oosten and Daniella Sibbing ("Squiver Photo Tours").

Tiger Canyons has the right to use any picture entered, in the cause of Tiger Conservation. 

I have pleasure in announcing the 2014 photo competition. Due to the popularity of the competition, the prize has been increased to 4 nights at Londolozi and 4 nights at Tiger Canyons for 2 people. The format of the competition is,  8 pictures in total, 2 pictures each of a lion, cheetah, leopard and tiger. Each picture receives points and the highest total is the winner. The judges for the 2014 competition are Jos and Yvette van Bommel. 

Bear in mind at Tiger Canyons in 2014, you will be able to photograph wild cheetah as well as Tigers. 

Good luck to everyone and let your pictures do the talking. Nail the poachers, animal cruelty, animals in circus acts, corruption, habitat destruction, tiger body parts trade, smuggling etc! 

Photograph it and expose it, is your motto. 

Tread Lightly on the Earth
JV


First Prize - Big Cat Safari with John Varty
at Londolozi Game Reserve and at Tiger Canyons

Rules:
1) You have to enter only 6 pictures: 3x tiger pictures and 3x leopard pictures
2) Each picture score points out of 10 - winner will be the one with the highest number out of 60. One bad picture will give you a bad score...
3) Pictures can be taken anywhere in the world
4) Picture size: not more than 500KB (jpeg files)
5) Closing date: 15th November 2013
6) Email to info@jvbigcats.co.za
Do NOT send more than 3 tiger pictures
Do NOT send more than 3 leopard pictures
Do NOT send only tiger or only leopard pictures
Do NOT send more than 500KB per picture
You will be disqualified!

 

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
Copyright 2007 @jvbigcats  All rights reserved


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